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Hawks, Senators cruise to IL wins

Frontier Regional hurdler Justin Blake leaps over the last hurdle to take first place at 21 seconds against teammates Torsten Nelson and Frankie Watroba in the 110 high hurdles at their meet against Franklin County Technical on Monday.
Recorder/Micky Bedell

Frontier Regional hurdler Justin Blake leaps over the last hurdle to take first place at 21 seconds against teammates Torsten Nelson and Frankie Watroba in the 110 high hurdles at their meet against Franklin County Technical on Monday. Recorder/Micky Bedell

Justin Blake battled strong winds and the rest of the field to sweep both hurdling events and Frontier Regional School defeated Franklin County Technical School, 126-16, in an Intercounty League boys’ track and field meet Monday afternoon in South Deerfield.

Frontier won every event on the day.

Blake won the 110-meter high hurdles in 21 seconds and also won the 400 intermediate hurdles in 69.7 seconds. Jamie Blinder and Frankie Watroba also won two events for the Red Hawks — Blinder sprinted to a win in the 100 meters in 12.4 seconds and cleared 10 feet in the pole vault. Watroba was busy in the jumping events, winning the triple jump in 37 feet, 11/ 2 inches, and the high jump in 5 feet, 6 inches.

Dylan Talbot won the 200 in 25.3 seconds, and Oliver Fox won the 400 in 54.9 seconds. Ian Blight captured the 800 in 2:19.1, Andy Habel won the mile in 5:09.6, and Dylan Landry won the 2-mile in 12:01.7. Collin Higgins captured the long jump in 18-1, Saul Soto was tops on the discus in 101-7, Torsten Nelson took the javelin in 139-5, and Jack Hebert won the shot put in 36-3/4.

Mahar 107, Pioneer 38 — Darion Sadri won four events for Pioneer Valley Regional School, but Mahar Regional School won every other event en route to a 107-38 IL boys’ track and field victory Monday at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

For the second time in as many meets the Senators got balanced production from the team as 10 athletes won at least one event. Dan Bergman was the only multi-event winner for Mahar with a sweep of the two hurdling events, posting a time of 17.9 seconds in the 110 high hurdles and a time of 70.8 seconds in the 400 intermediates.

Russell Grasso won the shot put in 41 feet, 2 inches for Mahar, while Leo Jillson captured the javelin in 129-9. Ethan Nye won the triple jump in 41-21/ 4 for Mahar, and also took second in the 400 in 58.3 seconds. Zach Gurganus won the pole vault with a height of 9 feet and also finished second in the 2-mile in 12:51, while Tom Anderson won the discus (93-3) and finished second in the shot put (35-8). The long-distance events were swept by Mahar, with Pat Richard winning the mile (5:25), and Zabien Shaw winning the 2-mile (11:00). Richard picked up seconds in the pole vault (8-6) and 800 (2:27.9), while Shaw took second in the long jump (18-61/ 2). Andrew Wagner captured the 400 (57.7) for Mahar, and Issak Reinikainen won the 800 (2:20.9).

Sadri won the long jump (21-0) and the high jump (6-0) in his field events, then took the 100 (11.5) and 200 (23.5) on the track. Daniel Bordner was second in the high jump (5-8), triple jump (40-2) and 110 hurdles (19.1) for Pioneer, while Seamus Garland finished second in the mile (5:42.8).

Mohawk 113, Palmer 30 — Lucas Purington won three events Monday as Mohawk Trail Regional High School improved to 2-0 on the season with a 113-30 independent boys’ track & field victory over Palmer High School in Buckland.

Purington finished the 200 in 24.9 seconds and also won the 400 in 52.7 seconds. He also captured the long jump where he leapt 19 feet, 31/ 4 inches. He was not alone as a top performer, however.

Eli Shearer won the 100 in 12.1 and the triple jump in 41- 31/2 . He also ran the anchor leg of the 4x100 relay team, which won with a time of 48.4 . Josh Rode also had a strong day with a victory in the mile (5:06.9) and the 400 hurdles (63.3). Mohawk swept the 400 hurdles on the day as Amar Abbatiello finished second in 63.6 seconds, and Leroy Page finished third in 64.5 seconds.

Page had a solid day winning the javelin with a heave of 171-6 and winning the shot put in 44-51/ 2. Mohawk actually swept the shot put on the day, something coach Shawn Billings said the team has not done in over a decade to his knowledge. Tyler Osman came in second in the shot at 36-10, while Jake Orzechowski finished third in 35-1.

“These kids are working their butts off and it has really shown on meet day,” Billings said. “Every day I’ve got a kid peaking.”

Josh Rode won two events for Mohawk with a victory in the mile (5:06.9) and the 400 hurdles (63.3), and Abbatiello won two events with a height of 9 feet in the pole vault and a time of 17.2 seconds in the 110 hurdles. Cam Olanyk won the 800 in 2:11.4, Jacob Cross won the high jump in 5-6, and Josh Taylor won the discus in 108-9.

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